Minnesota Classics: Neoclassical

The history of neoclassical homes in Minnesota.

Neoclassical, or "new" classical, architecture describes buildings that are inspired by the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome.
Neoclassical, or “new” classical, architecture describes buildings that are inspired by the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome.

Neoclassical, or “new” classical, architecture describes buildings that are inspired by the classical architecture of ancient Greece and Rome. If you look closely at a neoclassical building you may see echoes of the Parthenon in Athens or the Pantheon in Rome. You may not expect to see Grecian aspects in Minnesota, but these worldly inspiration can be found throughout the state in historical homes.

An ageless beauty, neoclassical homes present formal proportions that create a timeless allure. These homes are immediately noticeable due to its colonnaded facade and pedimented front porch. Despite neoclassical homes being found in the highest concentration on the East Coast, they can be found throughout Minnesota often in the form of institutional buildings.
Key Elements
  • Symmetry. Channeling their Greek roots, neoclassical homes stay true to the Golden Section, the Greek rule of proportion.
  • Tall columns. The attention-grabbing tall columns that signify a neoclassical style home are always even in number.
  • Elaborate doorways. Neoclassical doorways are intricate, emphasizing the home’s original intention to suggest the residents were of an upper class.
  • Evenly spaced windows. The windows have double-hung sashes, most often divided into six or eight panes. Expect them to be accompanied by shutters.

Our forefathers were extremely fond of the neoclassical style. If you’re looking for a reference, simply turn to the Supreme Court Building. A more livable version is Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello home. Find your own neoclassical home by contacting a Minnesota REALTOR.

The Minnesota Association of REALTORS® is the largest professional trade association in the state with more than 17,000 members who are active in all aspects of the real estate industry.
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